Hannah Hugill EM

b. ? 1895 Broughton, Yorkshire.  d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 11/09/1909 Court House Farm, Great Busby, Yorkshire.

Hannah was one of five children born to George William and Mary Hannah Hugill (nee Garbutt) and grew up at the Court House Farm in Great Busby, Yorkshire. She was awarded the Edward Medal at the age of 15 for her rescue of her mother from an enraged bull on their family farm. Little else is known about her life following this incident. Her medal was sold at Dix Noonan Webb in 2000 for £1,300 but was stolen from private ownership.



On the 11th September, 1909, Mrs. Hugill, on going into a field at Court House Farm, Great Busby, with her daughter to bring in some cows, was attacked by an infuriated bull. She defended herself with a pitchfork, but was knocked down by the bull, which commenced to gore her. Her daughter, Hannah, aged 15 years, who had been left at the gate, about a hundred yards from the place where her mother was attacked, came to her aid, and, recovering the fork from under the bull, used it with all her strength, thus diverting the animal’s attention.

The mother and daughter then succeeded in making good their escape from the field, though the mother was again attacked while crossing the fence. The girl’s action saved her mother from severe and, possibly, fatal injury.